Even though the independent horror-comedy Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives would have likely been a smash at this summer’s Outfest film festival in Los Angeles, organizers of the event chose not to include the film because of a lingering protest against it by GLAAD. This despite the fact that the movie had overcome the stigma of offensiveness beginning with a quartet of showings at Tribeca in April.
Trannies is set to debut locally this Friday, October 22nd at Laemmle’s Sunset 5, with writer-director Israel Luna heading out from Dallas to partake in the festivities. “When Outfest didn’t take the film, I got so many emails from people from the festival saying, ‘Hey Israel, just want to let you know, we all love your film but for political reasons they chose not to take it and we think it sucks,” Luna reveals via telephone interview with FishbowlLA. “We have had so many emails and Facebook messages asking when the movie is coming to L.A.”
Luna still isn’t sure if anyone from GLAAD actually watched his film before calling for an outright Tribeca boycott (they have had a screener since February). But what he does know is that since that time, the organization has refused multiple opportunities to explain their side of the censorship story.